Kohli under watch for his behaviour: BCCI chief Dalmiya to HT

  • Somshuvra Laha, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 19:51 IST

Virat Kohli - cricket's latest bad boy who kicked up a fuss during the World Cup with his rant at a Hindustan Times journalist - will be on notice for his behaviour, Indian board president Jagmohan Dalmiya has said.

"Well, it (Kohli's outbursts) has to be examined and whatever corrective measures are needed will have to be taken," the BCCI boss told HT in an exclusive interview on Thursday night. "I'm not brushing it aside, but I'm not saying all is well either."

The veteran cricket administrator said he would himself monitor the new Test captain before deciding whether action needed to be taken over his attitude. But he added, "Why talk about it? If something has to be done, I will do it. Simply talking about it could seem like a failure."

Known for his aggression both on and off the field, 26-year-old Kohli recently hit the headlines in all the wrong ways with his unprovoked outburst at HT's Jasvinder Sidhu in Perth, mistaking him for another journalist.

It earned him a reprimand from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur. Even when he discovered his mistake, he made no apology.

On his return, he lashed out at those critical of his performance in the semi-final India lost to Australia, saying they "should be ashamed of themselves" and that "no one has won more matches" than him in the last five years.

A few days ago, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper was seen on TV mouthing what he thought of batting partner Dinesh Karthik after the two ran into each other while taking a single.

Much before, during the Test series against Australia in December that India lost 0-2, Kohli - in sublime form with the bat - got into several skirmishes with opposition players.

Beside the Kohli episode, Dalmiya also promised to take steps to improve relations between the media and Team India. Ties have hit a low with the team management barring searching questions at press conferences and even ensuring team hotels are out of bounds to journalists. "If this has happened, it's unfortunate," he said.

Speaking of the IPL spot-fixing fiasco, Dalmiya said the new dispensation would not hesitate to act on the recommendations of a Supreme Court-appointed committee tasked with deciding the future of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and coming up with measures to clean up the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 scandal.

"I can promise we will go all out (once the report is out). The idea is to spare no one," he said.

Read: Jagmohan Dalmiya interview in full

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